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Old 05-21-2016, 11:27 PM   #1
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38A full slide cable broken

Anyone have experience replacing one of the cables on their slides. Mine is one of the hydraulic operated slides that have the cable and pull system to keep it symmetric and one of the cables is unraveling from the swage at the outer end, outside when the slide is extended. I have called FR already but can't get an appointment until June 9th to have someone even look at it. I am very capable, but not familiar with the routing and adjustment.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:01 AM   #2
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Check out this video. I have done several. When the cable is still in slide it is not bad. Can get replacement on Amazon.

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I have replaced two. Not difficult. Has the cable broken or is it just frayed? New cable can be purchased on eBay for less than $3. If cable is broken but cable is still visible, you can attach new cable to the old and pull it through. If broken and not visible, a little more complicated.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-22-2016, 02:43 PM   #4
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I meant $30.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:45 PM   #5
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As kingwood said, if it is broken, replacing the cable is more difficult because you have to get it in and around all of the pulleys in the slide. I know because I had to replace one on my '08. Hope never to have to do it again. They say that the main reason that the cables break is because they are not aligned correctly and the flexing of the cable when you extend and retract the slide is what causes it to break.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:55 PM   #7
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Hi Ben,
Sorry to hear you are having trouble. I am not 100% sure, but I think the 38A has a different slide system than the one shown in the video. If you are planning to attempt this repair by yourself maybe you could call FR back and see if they can at least help you to get the right parts before you spend money on parts that may not fit.
The parts guy at FR someone once told me about is: Andy Thompson 574-522-1747
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I don't know if he is the exact person that can help you, but I am sure if he isn't he can help you find the person that can help you.
Good Luck and please keep us posted.
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I have replaced two. Not difficult. Has the cable broken or is it just frayed? New cable can be purchased on eBay for less than $3. If cable is broken but cable is still visible, you can attach new cable to the old and pull it through. If broken and not visible, a little more complicated.Attachment 108636Attachment 108637
Thank you kingwood, mine is just frayed right now so it is still there and accessible. But isn't there an adjustment after new cable is in? And how do you get behind the wood trim on the inside to get to the other end. Does the trim need to be removed?
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Hi Ben,
Sorry to hear you are having trouble. I am not 100% sure, but I think the 38A has a different slide system than the one shown in the video. If you are planning to attempt this repair by yourself maybe you could call FR back and see if they can at least help you to get the right parts before you spend money on parts that may not fit.
The parts guy at FR someone once told me about is: Andy Thompson 574-522-1747
athompson@forestriverinc.com
I don't know if he is the exact person that can help you, but I am sure if he isn't he can help you find the person that can help you.
Good Luck and please keep us posted.
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Yes Karen, ours has the hydraulic actuator, not electric motor and I'm sure the routing is probably also different. I called FR and they will send me the cable but I can't get an appt till 9 June, that's why I'm looking to do it myself...I'll call FR again in the morning to see if they can send me a routing diagram for the cables.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:40 AM   #10
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Hey Ben, didn't you have problems with your slides right after you took possession? There may be more going on with those slides.


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